Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tunbridge Wells
GT 1.9 JTD flat battery woes
My GT's battery died yesterday after the very cold spell we had (-4C). Interesting watching the dashboard start up like something possessed (needles going all over the place before winding back down) before dying as I tried to start the engine.
Alfa Romeo dealer didn't have any spares in stock so I picked one up from Halfords at a cost of £99.99 with a four year guarantee.
One thing I did note was that the official Alfa battery was only 380 amp specification whereas the Halfords one is a whopping 540 amp. What difference would this make?
I have to say that the Alfa battery was supposed to be a brand new one when I bought the car secondhand a year ago. I asked the dealer to replace it as the cra was suffering from MCSF messages - now I suspect they didn't replace but simply recharged the original. This would explain why the battery died so suddenly and might also explain the occasional error messages that I've been getting in the past few weeks including an 'immobiliser failure' warning, which has now disappeared.
Amazing what a duff battery can do, isn't it? Worth reading the sticky thread about Motor Control System Failures and the role of the battery in some cases.
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